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Claude Debussy: Twelve Etudes (Book I)

The études were Debussy’s last important works for piano, written in the midst of World War II, when the composer was already seriously ill with cancer. He was very proud of this work, and was bold enough to dedicate it to that other composer of extremely inspired piano etudes: Chopin. Indeed, as in the case of the Chopin studies, Debussy’s études are a sort of distillation of the composer’s musical and technical legacy. They are divided into two books: the first is devoted to exploring the problems and possibilities inherent in different intervals (thirds, sixths, etc.), while Book II engages more in various elements of musical syntax and style, such as ornaments, repeated notes, arpeggios etc. The first book begins with a humorous nod to Czerny, making fun of the latter’s often rather dry and pedantic finger exercises.


Sheet Music Downloads:

TitleASTKey Published Type Level
Pour les cinq doigts - d'après Monsieur Czerny No. 1n/a 1915 Study 8+
Pour les tierces No. 2n/a 1915 Study 8+
Pour les quartes No. 3n/a 1915 Study 8+
Pour les sixtes No. 4n/a 1915 Study 8+
Pour les octaves No. 5n/a 1915 Study 8+
Pour les huit doigts No. 6n/a 1915 Study 8+



Posts in the piano forum about Twelve Etudes (Book I) by Debussy:

xx Philippe Entremont Debussy Etudes
February 25, 2008, 05:55:27 AM by i heart xenakis

To my knowledge he has done the complete Debussy cycle, but does anyone actually have and/or know of a recording of Entremont doing the Etudes?

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